EHS-COVID (292) International Nurses Day 12 May 2021 #VoiceToLead #IND2021

12 May, 2021

From the #IND2021 website:



In 2021, the theme for IND will be ‘Nurses: A Voice to Lead – A vision for future healthcare’.

#IND2021 will focus on the changes to and innovations in nursing and how this will ultimately shape the future of healthcare. ICN would like to invite you to share your story in the form of a case study to be a part of IND2021...

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) believes that it is vitally important to show the world who nurses are, what they do, and why we should invest in this vital resource. ICN wants the voice of nursing to be heard around the globe, to spread the word about our great profession and how it contributes to the health of populations. As carers, healers, educators, leaders and advocates, nurses are fundamental to the provision of safe, accessible and affordable care. Through this International Nurses Day report, we use the authentic voices of the world’s nurses to show case the work of this wonderful, innovative and vital profession...

#IND2021, Nurses: A Voice to Lead – A vision for future healthcare, looks at the challenges nursing faces and how the profession will transform the next stage of healthcare.


Extracts from fact sheet on nursing education:

54% of National Nursing Associations (NNAs) agree that the education preparation of post-gradual or doctoral nurses was disrupted by the pandemic. The disruptions led to complete cancellation of post graduate education in some countries.

57% of countries report delays in student graduation, including 7% reported major delays of 12 months or more. The delays could disrupt the supply of the nursing workforce and impose serious implications for health systems.

60% of countries report a positive effect of the pandemic on the education sector. The biggest gains have occurred in online learning. Clinical practice had been augmented with simulation.


I invite HIFA members - especially those of you who work as or with nurses on the frontlines of care - to share your experience of the impact of COVID on healthcare services in your country or hospital/clinic.

Best wishes, Neil

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator,